1 Samuel 18:6-9, 19:1-7
Jealousy is a curse.
We learnt that at an early age.
But it never stops it’s sting from poisoning our life, and our relationships, and our happiness.
It’s a crazy thing, because it’s rooted in fantasy and fear, and not reality. And our old friend Saul is firmly in its clutches.
Joseph Kennedy, father of President Kennedy, was fond of saying that more people die from jealousy than cancer.
Over the years, dealing with families and relationships and lives, including my own, I’ve learnt that nothing is on the inside like it looks like from the outside.
Muhammed Ali made a life and career founded on, “I am the greatest”.
Yet he once admitted that during all those years at the top, he never felt good enough. He had a raw burning ache in his heart.
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow said it thus: “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each person’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
Who knows what is going on in each other’s hearts.
Please, be kind to each other.
Peter Gardiner is a Passionist priest, presently teaching English to Passionist students in Vietnam.